Saturday, July 18, 2015

Why must I listen and submit to my Senior Pastor?

This is a question that so many Christians ask.

Why do I need to go to church? Why do I need to submit and listen weekly to a Pastor?

In the below passage we see an interesting fact.

Ephesians 4 says the following: “11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds (pastors) and teachers,12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

God put the five-fold ministry in our lives so that we can be equipped for the work that God has for us.

Ephesians 2 says the following “10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”
God has created us to do works and the what, where and how this will take place will manifest for you as you submit to your Senior Pastor and the teachings he gives you on a weekly basis.

Here are 5 reasons why it is so important to submit to your Senior Pastor

1. They equip you for your ministry (Eph 4:11-16)
2. They watch over you (Heb 13:17)
3. They will show us a practical example of a godly live (1 Cor 11:1)
4. They will pray for us every day (Col 1:9)
5. They give us the opportunity to sow and reap by partnering with them (Gal 6:6-10)

In the below message I answer this question in more detail

Equip yourself and be #ReadyForLife

Active for God - Listen and submit to your Senior Pastor

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Friday, July 17, 2015

What is Prophecy?

1 Cor 14 NIV says the following "1. Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the
church."

Prophecy is not speaking about future events. Prophecy is speaking to someone a word , by the prompting of the Holy Spirit, that will strengthen, encourage and comfort the person.

The above passage says the we must all  desire the gift of prophesy. This is not an option for the Christian. This is something that God requires us to do. We must have an intimate relationship with the people around us. We must be the light and salt in their lives. And we do this by speaking words that strengthen them; that will encourage them and that would comfort them.

As we develop our relationship with Jesus and we know how much He loves us, it will be easy for us to engage our community with the love of Jesus. Once we know that Jesus saved us from eternal damnation we will simply not keep silent about the love of God.

In the below message I explain what prophecy is and how to practically engage your community with the love of God.

Equip yourself and be #ReadyForLife

Active for God - Listen to your Senior Pastor

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